Short Course Announcement—Emerald Triangle: Regional Sustainability in the Columbia Area

Nick Peckham Teaches Regional Sustainability for Osher

In case you missed his summer course on tiny house design and small dwellings, join Peckham Architecture founder Nick Peckham this month to learn about sustainability in central Missouri. “Emerald Triangle: A Regional Approach to Sustainability” begins Thursday, January 24 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Columbia. In four Thursday afternoon sessions, Nick will explore the social, economic and ecological requirements for long-term sustainability. The focus of this course is the central Missouri region known as the Emerald Triangle.

The Emerald Triangle extends about 10 miles beyond the triangle formed by I-70, US 54 and the Missouri River and includes:

  • Ashland
  • Boonville
  • Columbia
  • Fulton
  • Jefferson City
  • Mexico
  • New Franklin

The Emerald Triangle encompasses some or all of 10 counties:

  • Audrain
  • Boone
  • Calloway
  • Cole
  • Cooper
  • Moniteau
  • Monroe
  • Osage
  • Ralls
  • Randolph

Regional sustainability topics to be discussed include food, health, education, shelter, energy, water, clean air and more. Nick will also present the case of Sweden, where eco-municipalities like the Emerald Triangle are managed by local governments to support ecological and social justice. A longtime expert in deep green architecture, Nick uses his expertise in the built environment to promote sustainability in his community. He draws from design science as well as the influence of his mentor, the late world-renowned inventor and visionary Buckminster Fuller.

Register by Thursday, January 24 to Study Regional Sustainability with Nick Peckham

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers courses geared toward adults over 50. However, Nick’s vision and expertise are relevant to people of all ages. We strongly encourage anyone interested to attend. Please join us!

Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14

Time: 2:30-4 p.m.

Place: Columbia, Missouri, Classroom Moss B at the Waters-Moss Nature Center, located in the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Preservation Area. From Stadium Blvd., drive south 1/3 mile on Old 63 to Hillcrest Drive and turn left. The Moss Building is on your left.

Registration and Fees: $60 without an Osher membership. Email or call 573-882-8189 to register by January 24.

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Contact us today to see what’s possible: 573-777-4444

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Columbia’s Cat Café Goes Green

Peckham Architecture is thrilled to share our recent collaboration with Columbia native Ryan Kennedy and Papa’s Cat Café. Located at 14 South 2nd Street, Columbia’s first cat café is also a coffee shop and bakery serving organic and vegan options.

Melissa Jane Photography

Cat cafés are for people who want their kitty fix but can’t have a cat at home due to allergies, travel, roommates or other restrictions.

“We’re offering the opportunity to come in and have cat time,” Kennedy says. “You get to come and pet them, and then you get to leave.”

Papa’s Cat Café partners with Boone County Animal Care, a foster-based rescue group, to maintain an in-house population of 20 cats. Two cats, Corde and Frankie, reside permanently at Papa’s. The other 18 are available for adoption.

View cats available for adoption at Papa’s Cat Café.

“It’s like a really big foster home for the cats to get socialized and be able to meet people in a more relaxed environment,” Kennedy says.

Melissa Jane Photography

Like everyone else at Peckham Architecture, founder Nick Peckham is a cat person. Our team was delighted to bring sustainable design elements to such an unusual project. Nick worked with Kennedy to plan energy efficient LED lighting, special ventilation to separate the coffee shop from the cat zone, double ceiling insulation to reduce heating and cooling costs, and high-quality water filtration.

To avoid the waste of buying new, we also incorporated pre-owned equipment and furniture in the design.

“I have this huge refrigerator with a worktop on it,” Kennedy says. “I got it at an auction, and we all worried about getting it into the space. Nick cut out a to-scale post-it note and moved it over the plans to make sure it would fit. If we hadn’t used that post-it note, I don’t think we would have had the confidence to make it in—it made it by the skin of our teeth!”

Read the rest of Kennedy’s experience with Peckham Architecture on our Reviews page.

Melissa Jane Photography

In name and decor, Papa’s Cat Café was inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Kennedy’s favorite author, whose Key West home is known for the dozens of cats who reside there. Papa was one of Hemingway’s nicknames and is also what Kennedy’s daughter calls him.

The cat area at Papa’s features a 600-square-foot playroom where cats climb built-in shelves and cat towers, hide in benches, lounge on tropical print cushions and sharpen their claws on a palm tree scratching post. In a separate, 100-square-foot escape room, the cats get some alone time and use the litter box in peace. If you’re allergic to cats or simply wish to keep your distance, you can watch them play through the viewing window between the coffee shop and playroom.

Melissa Jane Photography

Entry to the playroom includes a free drip coffee when you reserve online. Papa’s also offers Cat Yoga, Saturday morning Cat Academy for kids, a cat-themed book club and even gift certificates. We wish Ryan Kennedy and his crew of kitties every success. We’ll see you at Papa’s Cat Café!

Want to make your new construction or renovation more sustainable? Peckham Architecture offers prospective clients a free initial meeting of up to 1 hour.

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